December 7, 2021

FW De Klerk laid to rest on Sunday

The State Security Agency had reportedly been on high alert during his cremation in an undisclosed location for fears of disruption.

FW De Klerk laid to rest on Sunday

FW De Klerk laid to rest on Sunday photo credit: MSN

FW De Klerk was laid to rest on Sunday in a private service.

Following outrage over FW De Klerk’s posthumous apology for the mass racial oppression, his family went to great lengths to keep details of Sunday’s funeral private.

The De Klerk Foundation released a video on social media in which former deputy president FW de Klerk again apologises to South Africans for apartheid in an emotional last message.  

In the clip, De Klerk apologises unreservedly for apartheid and acknowledges the hurt and wrongs caused by the system.  

Professor of Journalism at Wits University, Anton Harber, “I have strong recollections of the brutality, the horrors, the censorship, the long periods of detention, the killings and the assassinations that happened while de Klerk was in government. So, one looks at his death with mixed feelings. It’s clearly a complicated and mixed heritage that he leaves behind him.” 

The State Security Agency had reportedly been on high alert during his cremation in an undisclosed location for fears of disruption.

No media were allowed to cover the event.

FW De Klerk lost the battle against cancer nearly two weeks ago while at his home in Cape Town.

Meanwhile the Presidency has announced that it will soon host a more public State Memorial Service in remembrance of the late president.

Sources: OFM, MSN

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